Distinguished Gentleman's Ride

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"The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride" is a global motorcycle fund-raising event, raising funds and awareness prostate cancer research and men's mental health programs [1] on behalf of Charity Partner, the Movember Foundation.

Open to all genders, The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride was founded in 2012 by Mark Hawwa in Sydney, Australia, and is centred around classic and vintage styled motorcycles. While the event encompasses classic and vintage style, it also welcomes niche custom motorcycle styles such as cafe racers, choppers, scramblers, and more.[2]

The ride provides an outline of dress and behaviour, suggesting riders wear dapper clothing, silk vests, tweed suits and behave courteously, donning not only classic style, but classic manners.[3] Suggested motorcycles for the themed ride include café racers, bobbers, classics, modern classics, flat trackers, scramblers, old school choppers, brat styled, classic scooters, and classic sidecars.[3] The ride carries no entry fee, however, some rides require minimum donation amounts to join. All riders are encouraged to raise funds for prostate cancer research and men's mental health programs on behalf of charity partner, the Movember Foundation.

In 2014 Triumph Motorcycles started to support and sponsor the ride,.[4] For 2019, joining global sponsors Triumph Motorcycles are luxury helmet brand, Hedon Helmets, as well as REV'IT!, and Elf Lubricants, joining the event as global prize sponsor.[5]

In 2015 one of the three motorcycles ridden by actor Chris Pratt in Jurassic World was auctioned off, with the profits going to the prostate cancer funds.[6]

  • In 2012 over 2,500 riders participated in rides across 64 cities. The success of the event encouraged the organisers to consider how it could be used to support a worthy cause.[citation needed]
  • In 2013, over 11,000 participants in 145 cities around the world raised over $277k AUD for the research of prostate cancer.[7][citation needed]
  • In 2014, 20.000 riders in more than 250 cities collected nearly $1.5M USD[8] into prostate cancer research on behalf of the Prostate Cancer Foundation UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
  • In 2015, more than 37,000 participants in 410 cities from 79 countries mounted their motorcycles to raise awareness and $2.3M USD into prostate cancer research on behalf of the Prostate Cancer Foundation UK, USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia.[8]
  • In 2016, more than 57,000 participants in 505 cities from 90 countries mounted their motorcycles to raise awareness and $3.65M USD to help fund research into prostate cancer and support male suicide prevention on behalf of The Movember Foundation.[8]
  • In 2017, more than 93,000 participants in 582 cities from 92 countries rallied to raise awareness and $4.85M USD to help fund research into prostate cancer and support men's mental health on behalf of The Movember Foundation.[8][failed verification]
  • In 2018, more than 115,000 participants in 648 cities from 101 countries rallied to raise awareness and $6.3M USD to help fund research into prostate cancer and support men's mental health on behalf of The Movember Foundation.
  • In 2019, the event is expecting more than 125,000 participants, in over 700 cities, and 102 countries, with an ambition of raising over $7M USD to fund prostate cancer research and men's mental health programs on behalf of charity partner, the Movember Foundation.

Schedule[edit]

The event takes place on the last Sunday in September each year.

Year September Number of registered riders worldwide Funds Raised
2012 30th 2.500 N/A
2013 29th 11.000 $277k AUD
2014 28th 20.000 $1.5M USD
2015 27th 37.262 $2.3M USD
2016 25th 57.088 $3.65M USD
2017 24th 93.000 $4.85M USD
2018 30th 115.000 $6.3M USD
2019 29th 115.817 $5.8M USD

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.gentlemansride.com/about/programs-we-fund
  2. ^ http://www.gentlemansride.com/about/style-guide
  3. ^ a b "Style Guide". The 2016 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  4. ^ Triumph Motorcycles UK
  5. ^ "Prizes". The 2016 Distinguished Gentleman's Ride. Retrieved 1 October 2016.
  6. ^ Chris Pratt Jurassic World Triumph Scrambler eBay Auction Ultimate Motorcycling, 21 July 2015. Retrieved 2016-02-16
  7. ^ https://www.gentlemansride.com/about
  8. ^ a b c d http://www.gentlemansride.com/about

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